It’s official, Super Bowl LVIII has reached outer space.
Two NASA astronauts apparently geared up for the big showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas today (Feb. 11) by tossing the old pigskin around the International Space Station.
Getting some reps in before #SuperBowl Sunday 🏈 pic.twitter.com/ATM6hJXW8aFebruary 10, 2024
“Getting some reps in before Super Bowl Sunday,” NASA wrote on X (formerly Twitter) while sharing a short video of the Expedition 70 astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara tossing the football on the station on Feb. 10.
In the video, which last just 4 seconds without sound, Moghbeli throws the football at a camera as O’Hara floats in weightlessness at her side holding a microphone. It’s a harrowing toss, as the pair were in a packed module of the station, surrounded by laptops, cables and other equipment.
You can see Moghbeli laugh as the football bounces off something off screen and come floating back.
The astronauts weren’t the only ones to get in on the Super Bowl ahead of today’s game. The Canadian Space Agency released a short video on X showing its Dextre robot on the station’s hull wearing a football referee jersey. In the animated clip, the robot raises its arms in a touchdown sign as the crowd goes wild.
“A new referee has fantastic view from space!” the Canadian Space Agency wrote in the X post. “Dextre, the Space Station Canadian robotic helper, wishes you a great Super Bowl LVIII this Sunday!”
A new referee has a fantastic view from space! 🏈 Dextre, the @Space_Station Canadian robotic helper, wishes you a great Super Bowl LVIII this Sunday! @NFL #SBLVIII pic.twitter.com/JGBgjTwDsyFebruary 9, 2024
NASA has had run-ins with the Super Bowl before.
In 2017, Houston – the hometown of NASA’s Mission Control and Johnson Space Center – hosted Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons (spoiler alert: the Patriots won 34 to 28) and NASA celebrated with a space-themed Super Bowl Live experience, space testing of NFL regulation footballs and more.
In 2010, the opening coin toss of Super Bowl XLIV was made with a coin that flew in space and NASA even recruited a former NFL football player as an astronaut: Leland Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions as a wide receiver in 1986 and was injured a year later while with the Dallas Cowboys, ending his football career.
Melvin joined NASA in 1998 and flew on two space shuttle missions before retiring from NASA in 2014.